Editor's message: The globalisation of trade has led many employers to establish a base abroad to facilitate business growth by having a local presence. Employers may either employ local workers and/or second or relocate their existing employees. A relevant factor is a priority recruitment system in favour of national workers. Where the employer transfers an existing employee abroad, it may be appropriate for the employer to issue a new contract to the employee with his or her agreement.
One key decision for a multinational employer is whether to engage employees on terms and conditions that are tailored for particular countries or regions, or are substantially the same for all locations. The employer, in making this decision, should consider the minimum requirements that apply to employment contracts under national employment laws, as well as under regional regulation, local rules and collective agreements.
Global employers will need to take account of rules that derive from the local state legislature, regional authorities and relevant collective agreements, as well as announcements of forthcoming law changes. In some jurisdictions, the government may announce new legislation, but delay its implementation for several years until it is brought into force, without warning, by publication in the official gazette.
Felicity Alexander, employment law editor
Updated to reflect a change to the law that extends the grounds of prohibited discrimination.
Updated to reflect changes to occupational health requirements for recruits.
Updated to reflect changes to the rules relating to payslips.
Enhanced and updated to include information on personal training accounts, the creation of personal activity accounts, changes to the validation of acquired experience scheme and the extension of age thresholds for apprentices.
Enhanced and updated to include information on the penalties for breaching health and safety legislation, the extension of health and safety measures to workers and changes to the rules relating to safety representatives.
Updated to reflect a further extension to the state of economic emergency, relevant to the provision of food benefits.
Enhanced to include additional information on the recruitment of foreign nationals.
Updated to include additional information on the procedures for recruiting foreign nationals, including checking an individual’s right to work.